Village of Yagyu

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Tourist Brochures of Yagyu Village

<<Encounter with old temple and Buddhist stature ・・・It is a historical romance >>

■Yagyu Shinkage-ryu (a style of swordsmanship)

Muneyoshi Sekishusai closely taught the secret skills of Yagyu Shinkage-ryu of Isenokami Kamiizumi during the late war period, and founded Yagyu Shinkage-ryu with a newly established Muto-no-jutsu (fighting style without sword). His 5th son, Munenori Tajimanokami, served for the Shogun family such as Shogun Hidetada and Iemistu as an instructor and close adviser for the art of war and also was engaged in the important job of inspector-general as joining the class of feudal lord with 10,000 goku (rice production amount in domain). Munenori was trained for Zen with Priest Takuan and broke new ground of sublime swordsmanship with combination of sword and Zen. His first son, Jubei, was a superior swordsman for both academics and martial art of sword. He traveled all over Japan for 10 years, taught his skills and thoughts to over 13,600 apprentices in Japan as establishing Dojo (training center) throughout the nation, and then wrote the esoteric knowledge of the Yagyu style called "Tsuki-no-shou" eventually.

■Old residence of chief retainer of the Yagyu domain

The magnificent stone wall seen in the west road is a part of the old residence of Chief retainer Oyamada who restored the financial situation for the Yagyu domain and there is a description on the wall as saying "A stone craftsman from Owari region (presently Aichi prefecture) constructed the residence in 1841". The residence was sold in 1956 but a writer Souhachi Yamaoka owned the residence in 1961 and then the idea of NHK period drama "Haru-no-sakamichi (sloping road in spring)" was developed here. In 1980, the residence was donated to Nara-city from the deceased's family Mr. & Mrs. Kenji Yamaoka by will of Sohachi Yamaoka. Nara-city renovated the residence and the background information materials have been exhibited to public at a part of the main building.

■Juubei cedar

There was an old Japanese cedar at the foot of the Yagyu-shimocho hill. People call the cedar, Jubei. In 1598, when one-eyed Mitsuyoshi Jubei Yagyu was about leaving to travel all over Japan, he visited his ancestor's grave and it is said that the cedar was planted at the time. After 350 years since then, the cedar died due to lightning strike as we can see it now.

■Ittou-seki (Stone slashed into two by sword)

It is a huge stone at Toiwa-dani valley with approximately 7 m in all directions and slashed into two at middle. When Muneyoshi Yagyu during the training stepped into Toiwa-dani valley, he found Tengu (long-nosed goblin) and fought with him. At that time, Munenori thought he cut Tengu with his sword, but he actually slashed the huge stone into two. This is why the stone is called, Ittou-seki now.

■Housou Jizo (Guardian deity of children)

The inscription was written on the lower right of Housou Jizo with halting words being interpreted as "From 1428, 4 villages of Kanbe will not hold any debt", and it is said that this indicates the exceptional inscription of debt moratorium in Japan.

A huge panorama scene with 800,000 irises in 10,000㎡ of the big flower garden!
■Yagyu iris garden

Yagyu iris garden with beautiful and colorful irises as grown gregariously in the Yagyu village.
From here, please slowly enjoy the day in early summer of Yagyu village to the encampment remain, Houtoku-ji temple, and the chief retainer residence.

●The best viewing season will be from early to mid June.

■For inquiry
TEL.0742-94-0858 (only during the season)

Village of Yagyu